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Drive and Dive: San Diego
San Clemente Island: Purple Hydrocoral Gardens
Divers looking for warmer water and higher visibility can quickly hop to San Clemente Island, where coral, rays and kelp forests await.
Need to Know
>>When to go: Midsummer through winter (July to January) generally offers the best visibility, with fall providing an optimal chance for calm seas.
>>Dive Conditions: Water temps at depth range from 48 to 62 degrees F year-round, with the coldest water in early summer in San Diego and the warmest water in late summer/early fall at San Clemente island. a drysuit or 7 mm wetsuit with hooded vest is recommended year-round.
>>Operators: San diego divers (sandiegodivers.com) offers guided local dives starting at $80. Horizon Charters (horizoncharters.com) runs one-day/one-night trips to San Clemente island starting at $180. Waterhorse Charters (waterhorsecharters.com) runs two- and three-tank trips to Wreck alley (advanced certification is required) starting at $99.